Building Rome: Back to Basics

This week, this Monday, I have started to feel just a bit better and so some of the fuzzy thinking is gone.  I know what I need to do is go back to basics and then build my strength back up.  I don’t want to set a bunch of goals, not to accomplish them.  With Green Embers’ Building Rome series, several of us have been setting goals around the blogosphere and sharing with others.

We all report on past goals, some of us report on the same every day or week goals, and we all set new goals.  You do it how it works for you.  And I only say this because I have been trying for the last 24 hours to come up with a way to do this post, that I wouldn’t fail.  I’m tired of not meeting my goals and it is clear that sometimes I am setting unrealistic expectations.  I hope to do a bit better this week.

Last week, I vowed to:

1) Help someone do something difficult for themselves, through support and encouragement.  I think I accomplished this with flying colors.  Yay!

2) Take downtime to set long-term goals.  I didn’t sit down and write a list, but I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about it, so I’m gonna give myself partial credit.

3)  Take joy in unexpected benefits.  I have really been finding my knee keeps getting better.  I have been able to get around better and be in less pain.

Do-Or-Die Goals:

1) Take care of Kizzie’s needs.   I have been trying to pay extra special attention to the Kizzer and have been able to do so with all this extra time.  She has not had a moment without water or food and the treats have been given in decent amounts.  She seems to be very happy.

2) Daily hygiene/self-care.  Check!

3)  Take meds as prescribed.   Check!

4) Work on healthy eating.  Does lots of Ramen and Sprite count?  😦

This week’s “back to basics” goals:

1)  Set aside one to two hours to read everyday (two if I am not working that day).

2) Go back to work or somehow be more involved with the shop.

3) Start driving again.

25 thoughts on “Building Rome: Back to Basics

      • Let me know how it goes. I really need to get myself geared up and just DO it. Waiting for the right moment isn’t going to get it done. But I have 6 month cancer checkup tomorrow, so I guess it will wait for Wednesday, too.

        I really hate these checkups, you know? I always wonder what the doctor ISN’T saying.


  1. Well, to be fair, Ramen and Sprite are all you can eat, so for your limitations then you did well!

    I like the goals for this week! 🙂


  2. I’m not a fan of goal-setting myself, I don’t mean that people shouldn’t set goals, I mean that they don’t seem to work for me and then I feel like a failure when I don’t meet them. I was telling NotAPunk a while ago about this thing I read where this academic lady was offering an alternative to goal/objective setting, where you kind of break down what you need to achieve into a series of problems that need to be solved – I know “problems” can be a negative word, but if you get past that, it’s just a different way of looking at things, and it allows you to focus on what needs to be solved and done now, one step at a time, rather than planning ahead which can set you up for failure. On the other hand, goal-setting works great for some people, we each have to find what works for us! Glad you’re starting to feel a bit better anyway 🙂


  3. You’ve been doing an amazing job on your goals! Ramen and sprite, sure that’s healthy! (Not like I am one to talk, lol). Woot. Sounds like you have a good solid plan for this week. 😀


    • Thanks, GE! Love this challenge! I could probably live off Ramen and Sprite for years and not get sick of it, is the sad thing. This week should be good — good things are GOING to happen! 😀


  4. “Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” Not sure where I heard that, but it sure seems to fit sometimes, particularly around here. You tried, hon, and that’s what matters. But I do get that not making all of the goals you set can get a body down. My professionally unprofessional opinion is that this week’s set look good, and that I have lots of faith that you’ll give it your all. Just like always. ❤


  5. The goal setting sounds a lot like “The Short List” I’ve written about several times. A short list of goals that must be done, which can be adjusted if necessary. Looks to me like your doing great. The lemon/lime flavor of Sprite sounds like a fruit to me and pasta has protein. You’re eating healthy if you ask me.


    • This goal setting, my “do-or-die” IS your short-list. I stole it from you after reading your blog!! And I appreciate you having my back on my healthy eating goal. 😀


  6. I’m with Vanessa-Jane – take a task and break it down into smaller bits, if that’s possible. And celebrate the small victories, because, as you know, um, Rome wasn’t built…etc etc

    Glad to hear the knee is feeling better.


    • Thanks, Maggie! I’m trying to break things into the smallest bits possible and sometimes it still doesn’t seem they are small enough. Gotta keep trying though!


  7. Glad you’re recognizing the things you get done, and well.
    I also wonder what would happen if you saw your blog output as one of your major goals/accomplishments – which it is.
    And — pushing this a bit, now — if you broke down what you accomplish through this blog, I’m thinking you find lots of good stuff there, Rosie!!


  8. You are always so kind, Cynthia. I guess I don’t give myself a lot of credit for what I do on this blog. It’s just a place for me to get it out there. I think you’re right that I might try looking at it differently.


  9. Perhaps yer building Rome thang should include kudos for you? ’tis a most lofty goal to work towards, and never gets much attention from ya.

    Shirley, you should cereally recognize the toughness of yer spirit. Much stronger than ya realize or give credit to. Just sayin’. … XOXO

    PS Driving can be importante or overrated. My rule of thumb is if it feels fine, do it. If it doesn’t, then enjoy the Miss Daisy days and embrace them. 😉


    • I think it helps me to a degree. Part of the problem is that I’m just kinda lazy by nature. Right now I’m into the Jack Reacher series…it’s ok. I’m on Book 2, just can’t seem to go through it. I do have a bunch that I have loved though that I could suggest. Have you read “A Fault In Our Stars?” Don’t go watch the movie…read the book!


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